Aaron Woods is struggling to be fit for Friday's Anzac Test.
Aaron Woods is struggling to be fit for Friday's Anzac Test. PAUL MILLER

Injuries interrupt Kangaroos' Test preparations

AUSTRALIAN prop Aaron Woods is almost certain to be ruled out of Friday's Test against New Zealand in Canberra.

The Wests Tigers captain was helped from the field with a groin injury and went for scans late on Saturday night.

"He's come off with a hamstring, so I'd say (he will be ruled out) but I'm not a doctor," Tigers coach Ivan Cleary said.

The injury woes get worse for the Kangaroos with James Maloney and Shannon Boyd under a cloud.

Boyd suffered a leg injury while playing for the Raiders, while Maloney will come under the scrutiny of the match review committee after a high tackle on James Tedesco.

Meanwhile, Canterbury could be without Josh Reynolds for some time after the five-eighth picked up a hamstring injury in Saturday's win over Canberra.

The No.6 limped from the field and will need scans to determine the full extent of the injury.

The Bulldogs also lost skipper James Graham after the prop failed to complete a HIA.

"James has got a head knock - he'll get reviewed," coach Des Hasler said.

"Josh has a hamstring. For Josh to leave the filed - it would've had to be serious.

"It'll be up to the doctors to assess - it'll be somewhere between a grade one and grade three."

Reynolds will be aided by the fact the Bulldogs have a week off due to the representative round next week.

Graham is expected to be fit to play for England.

The Pacific Test will see England clash with Samoa at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday, May 6.

Finally, Paul Green has called on the Australian Test team to not roll the dice with his star half Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston was a late scratching for the Cowboys on Friday as he battles a calf injury.

The No.7 missed the NRL loss but is still a chance of playing for the Kangaroos.

Cowboys physiotherapist Steve Sartori and doctor Chris Ball hold positions on both the Cowboys and Kangaroos medical staff with Green backing the experts to make the right call.

"It's not my call it's the medical staff's but if he's not 100 per cent fit he shouldn't be playing because he probably risks being out for longer," Green said.

"I understand it's Australia, it's a great honour and I'm sure all things considered the right decision will be made."

Cronulla half James Maloney was named in the team as part of an extended squad as cover for Thurston.

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